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The 'Band of Brothers' Cast Vs. The Real People They Portrayed Onscreen

Updated December 9, 2020 35.4k votes 3.3k voters 153.5k views16 items

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As one of the most beloved World War II depictions, the miniseries Band of Brothers actually has a lot of accuracies. With Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who also collaborated on the highly acclaimed film Saving Private Ryan, behind it, it's not altogether surprising. In fact, every character in the show is entirely based on the real soldiers within the E Company, 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. 

The casting of the show has been cheered for years as many of the extremely talented actors who took on the roles of the real soldiers look strikingly similar to their real counterparts. But, because many of the soldiers aren't as well-known visually, it's interesting to see what the band of brothers look like in real life. Seeing the two side-by-side can truly look to be a then-and-now portrait.